Closer Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000, avoiding salary arbitration.
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Eric Karabell ranks his top rookies for fantasy purposes, with Twins young and older toward the top.
Alex Bregman No. 19 prospect in 2016
Bregman's compact swing and hand-eye coordination breed high contact rates but only 8-10 homers a year in his future. Francis Martes and A.J. Reed also join the top 50 while Kyle Tucker rounds out Houston's prospects on this list. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)
Astros' farm system ranking plummets
All the trades and promotions have dropped the system out of the top 10. That said, it's far from barren thanks to last year's draft haul. Just don't expect another Carlos Correa yet. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)
Jason Castro, Jose Fernandez and Darwin Barney are three players who had great seasons for losing teams over the past several years.
Evan Gattis will miss the beginning of spring training after undergoing hernia surgery on Tuesday. The slugger, who had a career-high 27 home runs last season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro became the first player to lose in salary arbitration this year. He will receive $5 million this season.
Outfielder J.D. Martinez, who slugged 38 homers and drove in 102 in a career season in 2015, reached a two-year, $18.5 million deal to avoid salary arbitration with the Tigers.
Catcher Jason Castro and the Houston Astros argued their salary arbitration case, despite a difference of only $250,000.
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Los retirados Tomás Pérez y Bobby Abreu con el receptor Víctor Martínez, de Detroit Tigers, y el 3B Luis Valbuena, de Houston Astros, viendo la final de la Serie del Caribe por ESPNews en Orlando, Florida.
Sure, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa and were top draft picks. But the Cubs have also been built the old-fashioned way: by spending gobs of money.
Standout group made the Hall in 2015
Featuring three deserving first-ballot pitchers in John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez and a second baseman with over 3,000 hits in Craig Biggio, the Baseball Hall of Fame class of '15 is among the best of all time. Schoenfield: Top 5 HOF classes
Brewers shopping Jonathan Lucroy?
Having traded Jean Segura to Arizona over the weekend, Milwaukee might be looking to move Lucroy next. There's reportedly been buzz surrounding the catcher, with the Astros and Nationals as potential suitors. MLB rumors roundup
Will Pedro Alvarez land in Houston?
Buster Olney sees that as the most likely destination for Alvarez, who will turn 29 on Saturday. The veteran infielder hit 27 home runs last season for the Pirates but committed 23 errors in his maiden season at first base. Olney's blog (Insider)
Doug Fister was hampered by an injury last season with the Nationals and his ERA ballooned, but if healthy, he could be a steal for the Astros.
Walt Williams, an outfielder who played for four major league teams in the 1960s and '70s and was best known for his nickname "No Neck," has died.
Right-hander Doug Fister, who split time between the rotation and the bullpen for the Nationals last season, agreed to a one-year deal with the Astros for $7 million.
Doug Fister signs 1-year deal with Houston
The Astros and the free-agent starter agreed to terms on a one-year contract through the 2016 season. Fister was 21-13 with a 3.10 ERA the last two seasons with the Nationals.
Several teams figure to make a run at Bryce Harper when he hits free agency, and the list could include the Braves, Cards, Jays, Astros and Dodgers.
Correa the future of the Astros?
Carlos Correa is one of the league's best all-around shortstops, and he has embraced the Houston community. It's not common to sign players with under a year of service time to big contracts, but this deal could pay off for Houston. Players who deserve extensions (Insider)
Is the time right to bank on Keuchel?
Coming off a Cy Young season, Dallas Keuchel is regularly compared to pitchers in the Kershaw-Bumgarner class. And it's no secret that pitchers of that caliber are raking in the big bucks. Players who deserve extensions (Insider)
The Houston Astros have signed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, lefty Edwar Cabrera and infielder Danny Worth to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.
Teams pumping the brakes on Gallardo?
The Orioles, Astros and Rockies are reportedly among the clubs that are hesitating to sign free-agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo due to draft-pick compensation. MLB rumors roundup
Doug Fister to the Astros?
Houston is one of the teams that has reportedly expressed interest in picking up the free-agent starting pitcher. MLB rumors roundup
Who should bat first for Houston?
Buster Olney takes a look at six teams and addresses how he'd arrange their lineups. Does Olney think A.J. Hinch needs to tweak the Astros' postseason batting order? Key lineup questions (Insider)